Bang Bang Romeo Fresh from supporting P!NK on the European leg of her Beautiful Trauma world tour (and with barely enough time to enjoy some home comforts) Bang Bang Romeo are on the road again. Tonight is the 4th night of a sold out 17 date tour. They’re out promoting debut album ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide To The Galaxy’, released digitally on the 1st November and so it is that all but one of tonight’s 12 track set list is featured on the album.


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Stereophonics Welsh maestros Stereophonics have a busy summer ahead and so it is that they announced three intimate warm up shows. Admittedly the Bonus Arena holds 3,500 I believe so it all depends on your own personal interpretation of intimate. Given the last time I saw them I was in a crowd of somewhere around 40,000 it’s all relative really.


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The Specials Tonight is crackling in the O2 in Sheffield, positively crackling. The Specials are here for a sell out date on their Encore 40th Anniversary Tour and by the looks of it every Tyke that has ever been a fan (that’s a Yorkshireman for those not in the know) is out in force… and then some.


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Richard Ashcroft As most people know, Wigan is best known for three things, Northern Soul, Pies and The Verve. Tonight we are at the Dome in Doncaster to witness the lead singer of the latter of the three doing his thang! The first would have been OK, but Pies, - heck no thanks! (Well not tonight anyway).


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Skinny Lister Skinny Lister are on the road again on the back of critically acclaimed 4th album ‘The Story Is…’ 30 dates covering the UK and mainland Europe before heading off to the States, then back for festival season. There’s a reason they’re touted as one of the hardest working bands out there.


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Steel Panther Politically correct? Not tonight. Steel Panther are so far removed from being politically correct they make Keith Lemon look like a primary school teacher (sorry to all you raunchy primary school teachers out there).


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Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott Striding onstage in his trademark parka jacket with drunken bellows of 'HEEEATON' ringing in his ears, it is clear from the off that the former frontman for the Housemartins and the Beautiful South means business.


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Starsailor It’s a staggering 15 years since Starsailor’s second album ‘Silence Is Easy’ was released and to celebrate the band are out playing three anniversary gigs. Manchester is sandwiched between Glasgow and London. Those who own the album (and if you don’t then you really should) will know the part strings play throughout and so it is that the band are enhanced by a six piece string section for the three gigs.


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Pip Blom Well, this place is a real surprise. If you were one to use generic stereotypes you would think you had hit Hipster central. In fact, this is just a really nice place that serves their own beer and happens to have the fabulous Pip Blom in the cellar. Not tied up down there, just playing their fabulous music. Yes, the Hyde Park Book Club does have books, but it also has a lot of music fans and I reckon tonight would be like the rest of their tour - SOLD OUT!


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The Blinders On this particular Sunday this is definitely our church. Arguably the finest small venue in the country play host to the force of nature that is The Blinders. It marks the halfway point of their first headline tour on the back of phenomenal debut album ‘Columbia’. That it entered the charts at number 54 is testament to the word of mouth buzz that this Doncaster trio have been creating over the last few years.


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The Coral Originally part of the Britpop scene The Coral, starting out around 1996, the band have released a number of top 40 albums and singles to match and they have a new album out, 'Move Through The Dawn' So hopefully tonight will be a miix of old and new, which is not a chore as, remarkably, the new album is really very good and worth of any self respecting music fans ears.


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The Wildhearts Apparently, tonight’s gig is billed as a warm up for The Wildhearts before they head off to Japan and Australia, let's hope they enjoy similar size crowds out there as they are doing here in The Plug in Sheffield. Just as a side note, it has been rumoured that this pretty decent venue is soon to close and become a golf superstore – what a damn shame if it's true, OK not a classic Sheffield venue along the lines of The Leadmill, but all the same a great live music outlet. Another One Bites The Dust (if you needed a musical reference).


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Black Star Riders Just as a near post-apocalyptic heatwave is coming to an end, what’s the best idea for something to do – I know, cram yourself into a sweaty club in Wakefield and watch some bands. The only thing is the main band tonight is not just a band, they are the dying embers of the most magnificent Thin Lizzy. Now as a life long Lizzy fan, well since I was about 12, I had of course been very excited when they reformed, albeit without their master frontman, and as they gently morphed into Black Star Riders, the omens and the albums promised much. Let’s hope tonight that my first experience of them live lives up to my anticipation.


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The Breeders There is something just undeniably cool about The Breeders. I’m not happy with that word ‘cool’ in there. It’s not a word I use. Ever. But I’m going to allow it this once. The Breeders are a band every aspiring musician should want to be in. That has to be cool surely? I mean, this is rock royalty up on that stage. I digress.


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